Art Scene: The heart, the fire and the spirit |

Art Scene: The heart, the fire and the spirit

That could easily describe Ira Shore and his passion for his music. I can’t think of a better way to launch our 2017 Summer of Music community fundraising than with his music and comedy. With special guest Rita Shore, he will deliver a great evening of music and fun. This free concert starts at 7 tonight at the Center for the Arts. Bring a donation, enjoy some refreshments and help us get ready for Summer of Music Season Seven, an unmatched celebration of the heart, the fire and the spirit of our community.

The Gathering Place

The Center for the Arts is not just about classes, exhibits and events. The power and light that were generated in this building in 1887 would illuminate the mountains for the next 70 years. It may have been decommissioned in 1961 when a new facility was created to meet the growing demands of the time, but the energy from those powerful years remains.

The audience is always the true gauge of any performance and our positive community influence that has grown over the last three years has brought more people here who want to draw on the energy of this historic place for the important events in their lives.

March has been a very powerful time as gifted young artists shared their vision through 80 pieces of original art in our annual Battle of the Walls, family and friends gathered to mark several birthdays, state employees from around Colorado chose the center for their educational seminars and a Victorian Ball wedding reception this Sunday that will turn back the clock to the beginning days of this magical place.

From the past to the present …

Then join Amy Spradlin Monday from 7-9 p.m. at the Center for the Arts for “Rise Up: A Celebration of Women’s Voices.” Amy describes it: “This is a free event for women to give voice to what needs to be heard. Tell your story, share your writing, sing your song or beat your drum.”

Refreshment created by Appetit Cherie Catering for purchase and donations accepted for several local charities serving the needs of women in the valley. For more information, call Amy at 618-4256. Rise up!

Dancers Dancing – A Legacy

We are extending a special invitation to all former dancers, teachers and contributors who have been part of the Center for the Arts dance history for the past 25 years. Please join us for this year’s performances of Dancers Dancing at the Jeannie Miller Theatre at Glenwood High School on May 12 and 13, as well as a special after-party for dancers, alumni and family following Saturday evening’s show. Alumni will be recognized at all three shows and are invited to mingle with friends during intermission.

After Saturday evening’s show, we will gather at Rivers Restaurant for food, drinks, fun and more reminiscing. If you are an alumna reading this, please email so we can officially invite you and please help us spread the word to other alumni!

We are gathering photos and memorabilia from all of our past galas to display at this year’s performances and at the after-party. Please share any photos digitally at, email or drop them off in person with Brie at the Center for the Arts. We hope to receive all photos by April 30, and we hope to see you in May.

“This is the power of gathering: it inspires us, delightfully, to be more hopeful, more joyful, more thoughtful: in a word, more alive.” —Alice Waters

Christina Brusig is the executive director of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. She can be reached at

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